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Pilonidal Cyst

Posted by Todd Jensen on January 28, 1999 at 17:12:00:

I have been diagnosed with a pilonidal cyst. After reading some of the archives I want to make sure that the diagnosis was correct. Is this hard to diagnose? Can it be confused with anything else (ie. furuncle, boil, etc.?) The general doctor scheduled me for surgery 4 days after diagnosis. Should I go through with the surgery without a second opinion?


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Posted by Jaci on January 28, 1999 at 22:43:10:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Todd Jensen on January 28, 1999 at 17:12:00:

There is so much on this site that has been so useful to understanding the pilonidal cyst. But does anyone know if this problem can cause a person to just not feel well...quite often? Since this has all started, it seems like nothing is right anymore. Alot of responses have been about the pain and how to avoid getting it again, and about the recuperation. But can it cause a person to just feel plain yucky plus have the severe pain in the back and leg? I noticed some cases have gone on for years. Thanks for the info.


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Posted by Walt Stoll on January 29, 1999 at 14:29:11:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Todd Jensen on January 28, 1999 at 17:12:00:

Dear Todd,

A deep furuncle, carbuncle or boil in that area CAN be confused with the pilonidal condition. However, those conditions are rare ( in that area) without the pilonidal condition being present. Also, if there is a "dimple" or "sinus" present, nothing else is likely. However, in that situation the docs that did not tell your parents how to prevent these complications should be "shot". Those dimples or sinuses were present at birth & are unmistakable.

Walt

Walt




Re: Pilonidal Cyst

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 29, 1999 at 14:55:41:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Jaci on January 28, 1999 at 22:43:10:

Dear Jaci,

This "feeling" is pretty common with those who have recurrent problems with pilonidal infections. Part is due to the toxicity of a chronic infection but, my guess is that, most is due to the terrible feeling that they will never be "healthy" again. The damage to the body image is severe.

Walt



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Posted by Nancy Winkler on April 07, 1999 at 20:23:20:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Walt Stoll on January 29, 1999 at 14:55:41:

My son had a pilonidal cystectomy on 21 December. The incision is best described as sewing his cheeks together except for the very top of the crack and the bottom. He is having trouble because the hole at the top (created by the way it was sewn together, I assume) and the hole at the end of the incision (which never was sewn together), runs constantly. He is forced to wear pads and has gone back and forth with a type of diaper rash from the pads, and infection in the area. We have been watching it (as advised by the doctors) but I am concerned that we are not able to get it healed. He is not on any medication other than the antibiotic cream I put on it. Any suggestions, please?



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Re: Pilonidal Cyst

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 08, 1999 at 12:00:23:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Nancy Winkler on April 07, 1999 at 20:23:20:

Hi, Nancy.

Without being able to see it, I am at an impossible disadvantage here.

Perhaps it is time for getting another surgical opinion? I would see someone not recommended by the surgeon who did the work.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt



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Posted by nic wellner on April 13, 1999 at 17:29:19:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Nancy Winkler on April 07, 1999 at 20:23:20:

I would bet that your doctor did not get the whole infection out. I had my surgery redone after 5 months of not healing correctly. It has been a month since my last surgery and I am mostly healed.
It is key that the doctor leaves the area completly open. It is not difficult to manage. He or she should cut wide and long enough so they get all of it out, or it will need to be redone again.

If you have anymore question email me nic@csd.uwm.edu
I am a senior nursing student at the University of Milwaukee




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